Monday, March 9, 2015

May God Bless Us With Discomfort

I met with over 60 people at a local Faith in Action seminar held Saturday at the Muhlenberg Lutheran Church. Experienced community builders Dennis Jacobsen of Milwaukee and Angela James of Hampton Roads urged us to collaborate in making ours a community that is a truly just and nurturing place for our neighbors, ourselves and our children.

Faith in Action is a new organization of area congregations and individuals seeking to link a passionate love for God with a compassionate love of neighbor.

A follow-up gathering for the representatives of some twenty congregations present today (and others) is set for the same location Tuesday, May 19, at 7 pm.

Meanwhile, may this be our daily prayer:

May God bless you with discomfort
at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships,
so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,
so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears
to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
to turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you can make a difference in the world,
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done
to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.

  ~ Franciscan benediction
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